COVID-19: Trail Etiquette and Homemade Masks (Apr. 8, 2020)

Some of the latest Re: COVID-19 Coronavirus:

- The case numbers, nationally and provincially, can be found here. The New Brunswick Coronavirus information page is here.

- Here in Salisbury, the Wetland Trail adjacent to Highland Park remains open at this time; however, the Highland Park play structures, as well as the play structures at all other playgrounds in Salisbury, remain closed to use in effort to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. As for using the trail(s) (this would apply to sidewalks throughout the village, as well), be prudent by maintaining physical distancing of two metres (six feet) and do not touch surfaces of benches and the like. Also, do not congregate in groups. We also ask that trail users walk, jog, or bike ONE-WAY as posted. If all trail users proceed TO THE RIGHT in a counter-clockwise direction upon entering the trail gates, whether at the end of MacDonald Road or upon entering via Highland Park, we will prevent passing by one another as much as possible. In areas where passing by one another is unavoidable, such as at the trail access points, give as much space as possible – hang back and wait, if necessary. The trails will be monitored periodically.

- The New Brunswick Government, this week, struck a pandemic task force to assume decision-making authority for all aspects of health-care in the province. Meantime, the province’s State of Emergency continues.

- Canada’s Special Advisory Committee on COVID-19 has come to a consensus that wearing a non-medical MASK, even if you have no symptoms, is an additional measure you can take to protect others around you. That said, wearing a non-medical mask in the community does not mean you can back off on the public health measures that we know work to protect you and others, ie. physical distancing, frequent handwashing, and regular disinfection of high-touch surfaces.

Stay Home, says NB EMO (Apr. 6, 2020)

From the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization:

- Residents of New Brunswick are reminded to comply with restrictions imposed under the State of Emergency. This means keeping travel to a strict minimum. Enforcement officers are now fining people for violating the mandatory order. Failing to obey the order has serious consequences, with fines ranging from $292.50 to $10,200.
- Although all playgrounds in the province are closed, some municipal public parks and walking trails remain open as long as physical and social distancing measures are followed. People are reminded to keep at least two metres from others at all times, do not form a crowd, and, if they witness non-compliant gatherings, contact a peace officer by calling 1-844-462-8387 (8:30am to 4:30pm).
- New Brunswick is moving from education to enforcement to protect the lives of its residents. Those who are not following provincial orders and those gathering in closed parks will be fined.
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The latest COVID-19 case numbers can be found here - https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html.
New Brunswick’s dedicated Coronavirus web page can be found here - https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/ocmoh/cdc/content/respiratory_diseases/coronavirus.html.

NB State of Emergency Extended (Apr. 3, 2020)

Infection numbers for COVID-19 in Canada and New Brunswick continue to climb ( the_latest ), prompting this reminder to adhere to direction provided by government, including by New Brunswick’s Chief Medical Officer of Health ( Coronavirus_Page ).

Meantime, the State of Emergency declaration issued by New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs on March 19th has been extended for another 14 days with the approval of the all-party cabinet committee on COVID-19 and the cabinet. The provincial government has revised the mandatory order under the Emergency Measures Act. The new sections include:
- campgrounds being prohibited from admitting patrons for a two-week period;
- landowners/occupiers are now responsible to take all reasonable steps to prevent gatherings;
- no open fires until May 1st;
- some adjustments have been made at border control points with regards to work/family/necessities;
- and physical distancing of 2m applies to -everyone-, except household members or as needed for work.
The latest version of the State of Emergency declaration is available online ( State_of_Emergency ).

Information from NB Government on $400 Seniors' forms (Apr. 1, 2020)

https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/finance/promo/seniors.html
Applications for the 2020 Low-income Seniors' Benefit will be available ONLINE starting Wednesday, April 1st. Due to the state of emergency announced on March 19th as a result of COVID-19, and to support physical distancing measures, eligible New Brunswickers are strongly encouraged to APPLY ONLINE ( get_form_here ). Applications forms will NOT be available at Service New Brunswick Centres (or at Village of Salisbury Office during the Office Closure), but individuals may apply ONLINE, or print the application themselves, complete it and mail it to: Finance and Treasury Board, Revenue Administration Division, PO Box 1900, Fredericton, N.B., E3B 5G4.
The application deadline is Dec. 31, 2020.

NB Workers Emergency Income Benefit (Mar. 31, 2020)

*** THE DEADLINE FOR THIS HAS PASSED. OVER 66,000 NEW BRUNSWICK APPLICANTS HAVE REGISTERED. AS OF APRIL 14TH, $27-MILLION IN BENEFITS HAS BEEN PAID OUT BY THE NB GOVERNMENT. ***
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On March 30th as part of its economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Brunswick Government launched the application process for its NB Workers Emergency Income Benefit, a one-time payout of $900. Here is a link to the benefit’s information web page, on which (as you scroll down) you will find a link to the application form -- click_here.
Meantime, updated case numbers of the Coronavirus in Canada are posted at this Government of Canada web page: link. There, you will also find information about any federal economic aid programs.
#workingtogetherapart

COVID-19 Coronavirus (Mar. 30, 2020)

- It’s been two-and-a-half weeks since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 Coronavirus a pandemic. Since March 11th, the number of cases internationally has grown by six times to 720,060 with 33,969 deaths globally ( map ). It has now reached 203 countries.
- Here in New Brunswick, as of Monday morning, March 30th, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus reached 66, an increase of 15 from the previous day; whereas, the national total of confirmed cases was 6,255 ( Canada ).
- Governments have pledged to help individuals and businesses who’ve been hit particularly hard by the Coronavirus’ impact on the economy:
            - Here ( federal_aid ) is information on the Government of Canada’s economic response.
            - The information/application for the NB Workers Emergency Income Benefit, a one-time payout of $900, has been posted here.
- For information on COVID-19 posted by NB Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jennifer Russell, visit this website ( NB ). Dr. Russell continues to advise New Brunswickers to stay home, maintain physical distance from others (6’ or 2m apart), and wash hands frequently. For anyone entering New Brunswick, a 14-day period of self-isolation is required. All of this is necessary if we hope to contain the spread of COVID-19.
- The Salisbury School Community is working with Salisbury Helping Hands Food Bank and other community partners to ensure that children and families who normally are recipients of school breakfast and lunch programs continue to have access to food during this pandemic. If you or someone you know needs help, please fill out the electronic form ( click_here ). There are no qualifying questions and your privacy will be respected. Another option is to contact Salisbury Helping Hands at 372-9787 and leave a message with your name and phone number.

We’re all in this together. By #workingtogetherapart, we can get through it.

COVID-19 Coronavirus UPDATE (Mar. 27, 2020)

With the increase in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Brunswick to 45 on Friday, March 27th, the latest messaging from the Province's Chief Medical Officer of Health called for "physical distancing," notably stronger terminology than the previous "social distancing," to help with the goal to flatten the curve; that is, slow down the rate of the Coronavirus' spread.

Here are some of the recent developments concerning the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic:

* NEW * If you are concerned that you may have caught the virus:
- DO NOT visit a hospital, physician’s office, or healthcare facility without consulting 811 first.
- Due to extreme caller volume, New Brunswickers are reminded to only call Tele-Care 811 IF you experience COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) and have travelled internationally in the last 14 days.
- If you are not experiencing symptoms visit www.gnb.ca/coronavirus for more information on how to self-monitor, how you can protect yourself, and what to do if you suspect you may be at risk. The web page will be continuously updated.
- The Public Health Agency of Canada has a toll-free number to answer your questions on COVID-1-833-784-4397.

- Click here for information on the federal economic response, for businesses and for individuals, in relation to this health crisis.

- A phone line and email has been created by the New Brunswick Government for non-health related questions and concerns, including those related to non-compliance with the Provincially-declared State of Emergency. The toll-free number is 1-844-462-8387. It will be answered between 8:30am-4:30pm, seven days a week. The email address is helpaide@gnb.ca (any concerns about workplace safety must be directed to WorksafeNB). Meantime, Peace Officers with the Department of Public Safety are currently conducting compliance-checks of businesses. Violators of the Emergency Measures Act face fines up to a maximum of $10,200.

The New Brunswick Government, in its ongoing efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 inside the province, is now focusing on inter-provincial travelers. Anyone coming into the province is required to immediately self-isolate for 14 days. For more information, click here.

- A reminder from your Village of Salisbury Department of Works and Maintenance that wipes clog pipes! Even so-called “flushable” wipes must NOT be flushed, nor should paper towels. These can clog municipal sewers and foul pumping stations, leading to backups and overflows. Please dispose of wipes and paper towels in the applicable trash.

- The play equipment, specifically, at public playgrounds located in the Village of Salisbury is considered closed to use because of sanitization concerns during this Coronavirus pandemic.

- Officially cancelled is the public hearing previously scheduled for the evening of Thursday, March 26th concerning the Village of Salisbury’s Intention to Amend the Municipal Plan and Zoning By-Law. The public hearing will be rescheduled and the process restarted once this public health crisis is resolved and it is safe to do so.

Once again, here are some important links to information concerning:
- the New Brunswick response to COVID-19, including the recent introduction of a new self-assessment tool ( here );
- the Government of Canada’s Coronavirus information page, which also includes the daily case-counts nationally and by provincehere );
- and a global map of the pandemic posted by news agency Reuters ( here ).

In the meantime, continue with PHYSICAL distancing and abiding by government directives during this very difficult time. Only by WORKING TOGETHER APART can we prevent in Canada what’s been happening in other nations ravaged by this Coronavirus.

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